late right hon. Robert Dundas, lord president of the court of session in Scotland (elder brother of lord viscount Melville), by whom he had a large family: and was succeeded
After the above glorious victory, his lordship continued to retain the same command till the commencement of 1800, after which, now advanced in years, he passed some time in retirement, and died at his seat -in Scotland, August 4, 1804. He married on June 6, 1777, Henrietta, daughter of the late right hon. Robert Dundas, lord president of the court of session in Scotland (elder brother of lord viscount Melville), by whom he had a large family: and was succeeded in his titles and estate by Robert, his second son.
, Lord Viscount Melville, brother to the preceding, by a different
, Lord Viscount Melville, brother to the preceding, by a different mother, was born about 1741, and was educated at the high school and university of Edinburgh. Having studied the law, he was, in 1763, admitted a member of the faculty of advocates, and soon rose to a considerable degree of eminence, and very extensive practice. In 1773 he was appointed solicitorgeneral, and in 1775, lord advocate of Scotland, which office he retained till 1783. In March 1777, he was appointed joint keeper of the signet for Scotland. His office as lord advocate necessarily requiring a seat in parliament, he was elected for the county of Mid- Lothian, and soon distinguished himself as a supporter of administration in all the measures which were pursued in the conduct of the war with America, and from this time appears to have abandoned all thoughts of rising in his profession as a lawyer. In his new pursuit as a statesman, he was highly favoured by natural sense and talents, which were indeed so powerful as to form a balance to his defects in elocution, which were striking. He had taken no